January 12th, 2018 – We’ve kicked off 2018 and Wave Season by choosing Royal Caribbean International (RCI) as our Partner of the Month. Over the next 4 weeks, RCI will be promoted to our 4,000+ agents in, what we call, a surround sound approach. They’ll be featured throughout our agent-only portal, TPICENTRAL, our phone greetings, weekly eblasts, multiple Facebook Lives, email signature, and consumer facing platforms. “We are so honored to be part of this long-standing partnership and friendship,” said Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support and Service. “Just like a great marriage, we both share the same values and passion for our travel agents and for delivering the best vacations to our clients.” While explaining why RCI was picked, Jenn Lee, Vice President of Sales and Marketing said, “Small business owners are a part of their core, like it is in ours. We both support the entrepreneurial spirit which is why we get along so well.” Recently, Freed and Lee hosted a Q&A session on all things Wave and “closing the deal” via Facebook Live on TPI’s private Facebook group where over 400 agents watched and interacted in real time. “Royal Caribbean is my top supplier because they make it easy to do business with them by maintaining the highest levels of quality,” said Korrine Johnson, owner of Journeys Travel Company and agent with Travel Planners International. “[They] make sure I’m always informed so I can offer my clients the best value on the best product.” RCI will debut the world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, in April 2018 and will host TPI Rocks, our annual conference, aboard Harmony of the Seas in August 2018. ABOUT TRAVEL PLANNERS INTERNATIONAL:Travel Planners International is a marketing and support agency for new and experienced travel professionals. Travel agents partner with Travel Planners International for their profit-generating marketing programs; consumer connect options, negotiation power, small-business training events and time-saving back-office support. Being an advocate for the travel industry as a whole, Travel Planners International educates and connects consumers directly to their collection of specialized travel agents and preferred industry suppliers through their interactive consumer-facing website, strong social media presence, direct consumer marketing, as well as their collaborative ventures with complementary industry associations and consortia.
A surprise act of kindness that’s made a big difference to two visitors arriving in Canada. One person who saw this happen in Hamilton says it shows that news doesn’t have to be all bad, and that there really are people out there with a good heart.Al Sweeney has the details.Two young men from France arrived here Thursday to begin studies at McMaster, when that unusual act of kindness and generosity kept their visit from getting off to a very bad start. Salah Belaouni and Yassine Mazouz got their first look at McMaster University Friday, where they’ll be studying as exchange students.But there was trouble on the way.Lori Willmore from Airways Transit was driving them to Hamilton from the airport Thursday when it turned out they couldn’t get into the apartment they’d rented.“(The good samaritan) noticed they were on the phone and they weren’t happy and they actually looked afraid.”They had no place to stay.Until the unexpected happened.“They’re here from France and they have nowhere to go, they dont know anybody. Their English is limited and here’s this guy who said to them, ‘it’s no problem, you can come and stay with me for the night. it’s not a problem.’ “Bruce Frampton was on the bus coming home from Nova Scotia and opened his house to the two complete strangers with his partner Theresa’s complete agreement.“Well, they looked a little tired because they had been travelling for about 17 hours and I thought it was kind of important to make a good first impression in Canada.”Frampton was overseas numerous times in a 25-year army career, and was struck by the hospitality he’d receive from people who had little for themselves.This was a chance to return the favour.“You see some of the poorer places in the world and yet people extend their hosptiality so, it was just sort of karma, right?”Salah Belaouni said “I call it Canada welcome, special welcome. We know that Canadian people are very welcoming, they welcome everyone.”For Salah and Yassine, hospitality became a reality.“Canadian hospital actually. It‘s not just an idea or a concept, it‘s real. Our first day here in Canada and starting awesome so we’re very happy. We’ll be getting a good start.”Driver Lori Willmore sums it up.“Canada eh? Ha, Ha, Ha.”“Like Wow! Wow! It really, really renews your faith in humanity.”Bruce Frampton hadn’t met the students before that bus ride from the airport. He says wasn’t concerned about taking strangers into his home. Instead, he says if you can extend hospitality as a Canadian, then why not do it. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09